floor ( floors plural & 3rd person present) ( flooring present participle) ( floored past tense & past participle )
1 n-count Thefloor of a room is the part of it that you walk on.
usu the N in sing
Jack's sitting on the floor watching TV..., We painted the wooden floor with a white stain.
2 n-count A floor of a building is all the rooms that are on a particular level.
usu supp N
It is on the fifth floor of the hospital..., They occupied the first two floors of the tower.
3 n-count The ocean floor is the ground at the bottom of an ocean. The valley floor is the ground at the bottom of a valley.
usu sing, with supp, oft n N
4 n-count The place where official debates and discussions are held, especially between members of parliament, is referred to as thefloor.
usu the N in sing
The issues were debated on the floor of the House.
5 n-sing-coll In a debate or discussion, the floor is the people who are listening to the arguments being put forward but who are not among the main speakers.
The president is taking questions from the floor.
6 n-count Thefloor of a stock exchange is the large open area where trading is done.
usu sing, with supp
...the dealing floor at Standard Chartered Bank.
7 n-count Thefloor in a place such as a club or disco is the area where people dance.
8 verb If you are flooredby something, you are unable to respond to it because you are so surprised by it.
He was floored by the announcement... be V-ed
He seemed floored by a string of scandals. V-ed
10 If you take the floor, you start speaking in a debate or discussion. If you are given the floor, you are allowed to do this.
take the floor phrase V inflects
Ministers took the floor to denounce the decision to suspend constitutional rule..., Only members would be given the floor.
11 If you take to the floor, you start dancing at a dance or disco.
take to the floor phrase V inflects
The happy couple and their respective parents took to the floor.
12 If you say that prices or sales have fallen through the floor, you mean that they have suddenly decreased.
through the floor phrase PHR after v
Property prices have dropped through the floor...
13 If you wipe the floor with someone, you defeat them completely in a competition or discussion.
wipe the floor with someone phrase V inflects, PHR n
He could wipe the floor with the Prime Minister.
dance floor ( dance floors plural ) , dancefloor In a restaurant or night club, the dance floor is the area where people can dance. n-count
The factory floor refers to the workers in a factory, as opposed to the managers. It can also refer to the area where they work. n-sing the N
He had worked on the factory floor for 16 years.
first floor ( first floors plural )
1 n-count Thefirst floor of a building is the floor immediately above the one at ground level.
(BRIT) usu the N in sing
in AM, use second floor
2 n-count Thefirst floor of a building is the one at ground level.
(AM) usu the N in sing
in BRIT, use ground floor
floor lamp ( floor lamps plural ) A floor lamp is a tall electric light which stands on the floor in a living room.
in BRIT, use standard lamp
floor show ( floor shows plural ) , floorshow A floor show is a series of performances by dancers, singers, or comedians at a night club. n-count
ground floor ( ground floors plural ) Theground floor of a building is the floor that is level or almost level with the ground outside.
(BRIT) n-count usu the N in sing
She showed him around the ground floor of the empty house..., Jenny now lives in a terraced ground floor flat.
in AM, use first floor
shop floor , shop-floor, shopfloor
The shop floor is used to refer to all the ordinary workers in a factory or the area where they work, especially in contrast to the people who are in charge.
(BRIT) n-sing oft N n
Cost must be controlled, not just on the shop floor but in the boardroom too.